Review: Lauren Anderson – Truly Me

Posted on: Sunday, Nov 8, 2015

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Lauren Anderson – Truly Me

(Self-release)

Lauren Anderson originally hails from Chicago, and now resides in Kansas City. On “Truly Me”, her first full length release, she has delivered an enjoyable 14-track collection which mixes blues influences, rock and more rootsy material – that shows off her fine, gutsy voice and the abilities of her band.

Apart from the lady herself, the band comprises of Adam Stuber (guitar), Dylan Reiter (bass), and Kris Schnebelen (drums) – with Jeff Daniels helping out on drums, on just one track. The music is ‘fleshed out’ by some guest appearances from the likes of Go-Go Ray, Mark Anderson and the horns of Garrett Schubert and Mike Walker.

Things get off to a high-energy start on the slide-driven “One Day”; which is followed by the rockier “Shame”; before the pace is taken down for the very nice “My Reminder”, which is beautifully underpinned by the organ playing of Shinetop. The band get funky on the  horn-driven “I Don’t Need”, featuring the afore-mentioned Messrs Schubert and Walker, on saxophone and trombone respectively, with excellent solos from Garrett Schubert.

Elsewhere, the pretty “Lady Jane” is a stand out, with its delicate acoustic guitar; and the lengthy “Winter Waltz” is a jazz-tinged number that doesn’t overstay its welcome at 6:39. In contrast it is followed by the rollicking “Where Are You Now?”, with kudos to Shinetop again, this time on piano, and some tough guitar from Adam Stuber.

Overall, a most enjoyable and varied release from a new name to me. Lauren Anderson and “Truly Me” are well worth checking out – although not a blues album in the strictest sense, it is nicely produced, written and performed, with original songs – and has something for all tastes!

GRAHAME RHODES

www.laurenandersonmusic.com

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